Richard Garner

Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.

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Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education

Michael Gove approves 38 new free schools

Education Secretary Michael Gove has given the go-ahead for 38 new free schools, bringing the total number in the country to 331.

Chalk Talk: Prominent education figures feature in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Just to note that some of the most prominent figures in the education world over the past two decades are celebrating this week as a result of the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Sea Cadets marching in Trafalgar Square last year

Government announces £1m cadet force scheme for state schools

A new £1 million Government bursary scheme will give thousands of state school pupils the opportunity to join new cadet units.

Students look through microscopes during a science class

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A shake-up of A-Level science may lead to schools and colleges concluding practical experiments are irrelevant to getting into university, according to the former head of the National Science Learning Centre.

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Make school day longer to improve results for white working class boys, say MPs

White working class pupils should have a longer day at school to help them boost their test and exam results, an influential group of MPs will recommend today.

A poster protesting against Michael Gove is displayed outside Oldknow Academy, one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' affair

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Spending cuts have forced a £2m cut in funding for a scheme aimed at protecting pupils in Birmingham from being coerced into terrorism, MPs have heard.

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Sixth form colleges are under threat with several facing closure this year because of deep cuts to their budgets, claims a new study by the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA). A survey of England’s 93 sixth form colleges reveals that more than one in three colleges have already had to axe their language courses – while more than one in five have scrapped courses in the Stem science and maths subjects.

Chalk Talk: Free school statistics that may not quite add up

An intriguing insight into the Government's flagship free schools policy was given last weekend at the Northern Rocks education conference in Leeds.

Game on: Christopher Whittaker (left) with fellow student Jay Gilmore

Network of career colleges will directly help prepare students for the world of work

Richard Garner visits Oldham College, where the innovative courses, with input from local employers, are already up and running
The committee found the Department for Education did not have a proper vetting process in place to determine whether trustees were “fit or proper” to run schools

Lack of scrutiny of academies to blame for Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' schools, new report says

Concern over the lack of accountability of the Government’s flagship academies is revealed today in a hard-hitting report from the influential Commons public accounts committee.

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